It's been two months since Joe Buck jumped from Fox to ESPN. It wasn’t until Monday that the gravity of moving into the “Monday Night Football” booth hit him.
Buck and Troy Aikman made their first trips to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, to meet with executives and future co-workers who are preparing for the upcoming season.
When the NFL schedule makers started to dig in after the Super Bowl on putting together the complex puzzle of a 272-game schedule, Tom Brady had just retired, Russell Wilson was in Seattle and the free-agent frenzy hadn't even started.
From Russell Wilson playing his first game as a Bronco in Seattle to Doug Pederson vs. Carson Wentz, the NFL schedule is filled with spicy matchups from the outset. Too bad we have to wait four months for it all to begin.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals retooled their porous offensive line after watching Joe Burrow get sacked an astounding 70 times in 20 games last season, including seven times in their losing effort in the Super Bowl.
Call it a slime-time matchup: The NFL game on Christmas Day between the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams will be broadcast by Nickelodeon.
The network, which previously televised two playoff games, and CBS will handle TV duties on Dec.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins signed running back Sony Michel to a one-year contract on Tuesday, bringing a South Florida native back to his home area.
Michel has been part of two Super Bowl-winning teams in his four NFL seasons, after helping New England win a title in the 2018 season and the Los Angeles Rams win the crown last season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will join Fox Sports as its lead football analyst once his playing career ends, the network said Tuesday.
When that actually happens is unclear, because Brady recently changed his mind about retiring and said he plans to continue playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd NFL season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light has been blocked in his bid to win a seat on the Foxborough School Committee.
Light, who had been critical of school mask mandates and other health restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, finished third in Monday's election in a four-way race for two open seats.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Ryan thought he'd experienced virtually every conceivable situation during his first 14 NFL seasons.
He was voted the league's MVP. He nearly won a championship. He overcame coaching changes, COVID-19 protocols and rebuilds.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Bengals focused on defense in the NFL draft, using their first three picks to get players they expect to be immediate contributors.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he and general manager Scott Fitterer went through about 50 different scenarios the morning of the NFL draft and very few of them had Ikem “Ickey” Ekwonu falling to them with the sixth pick.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NFL brings the traveling circus that is its draft to a city where nothing — including 300-pound football players posing with showgirls and circus clowns above the Bellagio hotel fountains — is too outlandish.
NEW YORK (AP) — Running back Bilal Powell signed a one-day contract with the New York Jets on Tuesday, retiring as a member of the only NFL franchise he played for.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Thanks to Tom Brady’s return, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t looking for any quick fixes in the NFL draft.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion’s decision to end his brief retirement not only resolved the team’s quarterback situation, but also helped general manager Jason Licht retain most of a solid core of talent around Brady.
31, 63. CINCINNATI BENGALS (13-8)
LAST SEASON: Bengals coach Zac Taylor entered his third year under considerable pressure to show results — and he did. With a (generally) healthy quarterback Joe Burrow returning from a devastating knee injury that prematurely ended his rookie season in 2021, and eventual Offensive Rookie of the Year Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati wasn't quite a juggernaut.
104. LOS ANGELES RAMS (16-5)
LAST SEASON: The Rams won it all for the second time in team history, raising the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time during the franchise's two Los Angeles eras.
Daryle Lamonica, the deep-throwing quarterback who won an AFL Player of the Year award and led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl appearance, has died. He was 80.
The Fresno County Sherriff's said Lamonica passed away at his Fresno home on Thursday morning.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sportscaster Kenny Albert will cover a lot of territory in a memoir scheduled for next year.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Nathaniel Hackett and Russell Wilson have brought renewed hope to a Denver Broncos franchise mired in a six-year playoff drought since Peyton Manning’s retirement.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have signed linebacker Troy Reeder, who spent three seasons with the Los Angeles Rams.
The team announced the deal on Tuesday.
Reeder was originally a restricted free agent, but the Rams decided not to offer him a contract extension, which made him an unrestricted free agent.
Rayfield Wright, the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle nicknamed “Big Cat” who went to five Super Bowls in his 13 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, died Thursday. He was 76.
Wright's family confirmed his death Thursday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which said Wright had been hospitalized for several days following a severe seizure.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bobby Wagner wants everybody to know he didn't sign with the Rams after the acrimonious end to his decade in Seattle simply because Los Angeles is in the Seahawks' division.
Returning to his native Southern California with the chance to play for a Super Bowl champion was far more important.
The NFL is opening a pathway for African players with a developmental camp in Ghana.
Following a camp this past weekend with Cleveland Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who is of Ghanaian descent, the league announced a three-day camp will take place in the capital of Accra in June.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Arians unexpectedly retired as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a stunning move Wednesday night that the 69-year-old who guided the team to its second Super Bowl title says is not related to health.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For a few weeks, the Indianapolis Colts had a huge void at quarterback. Then the Deshaun Watson carousel began spinning, and soon enough, Matt Ryan was available.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were supposed to be quiet during free agency, given the perennial AFC West champions had most of their big names tied up in long-term contracts and they already were bumping up against the salary cap.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Woods heard from Rams coach Sean McVay shortly after the reigning Super Bowl champs agreed to a deal with Allen Robinson. Given a chance to pick a new team, the receiver nicknamed “Bobby Trees” saw the Tennessee Titans as the best fit in more than one way.
Matt Ryan was ready for a change and Indianapolis seemed like the perfect place to make a title run.
The 14-year NFL veteran and 2016 league MVP left Atlanta and arrived at his new team complex Tuesday, hoping to become the third straight veteran quarterback to win a Super Bowl in his first season with a new team.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matthew Stafford realizes he almost certainly could have gotten more money in a contract extension after his outstanding debut season with the Los Angeles Rams.
After 13 NFL seasons and well over $230 million in earnings, Stafford admitted his priority isn't more dollars.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts may have found another short-term answer at quarterback by trading for Matt Ryan.
How much longer the soon-to-be 37-year-old, four-time Pro Bowler sticks around isn’t clear.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed Indianapolis Colts defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad to a two-year contract and Kansas City Chiefs receiver and kick returner Byron Pringle to a one-year deal on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quarterback Matthew Stafford has agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2026 with the Los Angeles Rams after winning the Super Bowl in his first season with the team.
The deal signed by Stafford on Saturday is worth $160 million, with $135 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif (AP) — Kick returner and receiver Brandon Powell has re-signed with the Los Angeles Rams on a one-year deal.
The Rams on Saturday announced the return of Powell, who joined their practice squad midway through the regular season before playing a major role in the turnaround of their special teams on the way to the Super Bowl championship.
The Los Angeles Rams have released punter Johnny Hekker after 10 seasons.
The Super Bowl champion Rams dropped their longest-tenured player Wednesday night in a move that creates just over $2 million in salary cap room.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Russell Wilson flashed that mile-wide smile and embraced the prospect of playing in the loaded AFC and in the shadows of John Elway and Peyton Manning.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It’s Von Miller time in Buffalo.
The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and coming off his second Super Bowl title agreed to a six-year contract with the Bills on Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and the team they beat for the NFC title, the San Francisco 49ers, each received five compensatory picks in next month's draft.
Just behind with four selections in the April 28-30 proceedings in Las Vegas were the Chargers, followed at three by Detroit, Baltimore and Arizona.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers moved quickly to upgrade their roster after a 5-12 season.
The Panthers have agreed to terms on a three-year $29.25 million contract with Los Angeles Rams guard Austin Corbett and a three-year, $15.75 million contract with Minnesota Vikings safety Xavier Woods, according to people familiar with the situation.
Offensive linemen Joseph Noteboom and Brian Allen have agreed to three-year deals to stay with the Los Angeles Rams.
Noteboom got a $40 million deal with $25 million guaranteed and a maximum value of $47.5 million through playing time incentives, according to his agent, Bill Johnson.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady’s retirement lasted 40 days.
Brady said Sunday he’s returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd NFL season.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion announced his decision on Twitter and Instagram, saying he has “unfinished business.” The news stole the spotlight from the NCAA’s Selection Sunday.
Colin Kaepernick is seeking receivers to catch his passes and a team to sign him.
Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2012 season, last played in the NFL in 2016, the same year he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
The start of the NFL free agency period next week is the first big chance for teams to make major moves to fill significant holes on their rosters.
But for nearly every big-ticket addition that brings optimism to a fan base in hopes of an overhaul — similar to what Cincinnati did last year to build a defense capable of getting the Bengals to the Super Bowl last season — another team will be dealing with a void.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outside linebacker Harold Landry loves playing for the Tennessee Titans and wanted to do whatever he needed to make that continue.
Now that he has a five-year deal worth a reported $87.5 million as a key piece of Tennessee's pass rush, Landry has turned his attention to the biggest reason why he wanted to remain with the Titans.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (14-5)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Jason Pierre-Paul, G Alex Cappa, C Ryan Jensen, DT Ndamukong Suh, TE Rob Gronkowski, DL Will Gholston, RB Leonard Fournette, TE O.J. Howard, RB Ronald Jones, CB Richard Sherman, RB Giovani Bernard, CB Carlton Davis, S Jordan Whitehead, QB Blaine Gabbert, G Aaron Stinnie, LB Kevin Minter, DT Steve McLendon, T Josh Wells, S Andrew Adams, DE Pat O’Connor.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings hired Tyler Williams as their executive director of player health and performance on Wednesday, bringing in another former member of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams to follow new head coach Kevin O'Connell.
SEATTLE (AP) — With two brush strokes over the span of about 10 hours, the Seattle Seahawks said goodbye to giant foundations of their Super Bowl history.
Gone is quarterback Russell Wilson, traded to Denver in a blockbuster move.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean McVay isn't feeling his usual end-of-the-season coaching burnout this month. Not with the Rams' Super Bowl championship celebrations still ringing in his ears.
“I finished this season probably as refreshed and as rejuvenated as I’ve ever been,” McVay said Wednesday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers may need to rethink their plan for Jimmy Garoppolo now that the quarterback has had surgery on his throwing shoulder.
General manager John Lynch said Wednesday at the NFL's annual scouting combine that Garoppolo initially tried to avoid surgery by rehabilitating the shoulder he hurt during a wild-card win at Dallas.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — For the Arizona Cardinals, one of the perks of Kyler Murray's three years as the team's franchise quarterback is an absence of off-the-field distractions or drama.